NIH Asks for $323M More to Find Alzheimer’s Cure
The National Institutes of Health presented a special budget this week for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to the Health and Human Services Department, outlining the best approach NIH would take if it had no financial limitations in seeking a cure for these dementias.
Only two other areas of biomedical research – cancer and HIV/AIDS – have been the focus of special budget development aimed at speeding discovery, according to NIH.
NIH says it needs an additional $323 millionLink Icon above its estimated base budget in fiscal year 2017 toward the goal of preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by 2025. This “bypass budget” will be updated annually through FY 2025, which is the target data set by the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.
The National Institute on Aging received a boost in federal appropriations of $100 million in FY 2014 and $25 million in FY 2015 with the expectation that a large portion of those monies would be spend on Alzheimer’s research. NIH spending on Alzheimer’s research increased 25% from FY 2011 to FY 2014. However, the current level of funding at NIH is insufficient to achieve the 2025 target date of finding effective interventions. This is largely due to about 10 years of essentially flat budgets before the recent increases, according to NIH.
“Millions of Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s and related conditions; millions more are at risk. Yet there currently is no cure for this disease, and no treatments have been conclusively proven to prevent or delay its course,” reads the budget request. “If tangible progress is not made in the coming years, the human and economic costs will be staggering.”
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